Manslaughter Charges Laid in Drug Investigation

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Casey LACROIX of Hearst Faces Manslaughter Charges

HEARST, ON – News – On September 26, 2020, at approximately 4:15 am EST, members of the James Bay Detachments and Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded to a residence on Highway 11 west of Hearst where a 16-year-old person was found unresponsive and later died in hospital.

As a result of their ongoing investigation with members of the James Bay Detachments Crime Unit and the Community Street Crime Unit, under the direction of the OPP’s Criminal Investigation Branch, Casey LACROIX, 25-years-old, of Hearst, is facing additional charges of:

  • Manslaughter, contrary to section 236(b) of the Criminal Code; and with
  • Trafficking in Schedule I Substance (MDMA/Ecstasy), contrary to section 5(1) CDSA, (four counts).

The accused has been held for a Bail Hearing and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on January 20, 2021, in the Town of Cochrane.

This is a charge that offers the legal system a means of making those involved with drug trafficking responsible for the actions and impact on others.

There are reported overdoses from fentanyl across Canada. The charge of manslaughter puts the potential of far greater sentencing and responsibility.

Remember all accused are considered innocent until convicted in a court of law.